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WISDOM IN CHAINS: Entire The God Rhythm LP From Pennsylvania Punk/Hardcore Kingpins Unleashed Early Via Blow The Scene

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Eastern Pennsylvania’s unstoppable WISDOM IN CHAINS is now streaming their empowering The God Rhythm LP in its entirety. Initially set for release on June 30th, the album’s street date has been pushed forward, now set to hit the streets on June 16th, and today, the entire anthem-packed, fourteen-track record is now playing two weeks before its new official public destination through an exclusive early stream at Blow The Scene.

The God Rhythm is fueled with the same infectious brew of oi/punk-inspired hardcore WISDOM IN CHAINS has been internationally championed for delivering on their prior four full-length titles and many other releases since their 2001 inception, but here the band delivers their most heroic tunes, investigative lyrics, and memorable choruses yet. With almost forty minutes of hook-laden sing-alongs and metallic breaks built for full-on live riots, recorded by Len Carmichael at Trax East and Carmichael Sound, with the vocals recorded at Mountainside Studios by Rich Rescigno, The God Rhythm boasts the most victorious WISDOM IN CHAINS material to date.

Proudly unleash WISDOM IN CHAINS’ bold The God Rhythm album through an early Blow The Scene exclusive stream at THIS LOCATION.

Also check out the extensive interview trailer on the album’s creation at New Noise Magazine HERE.

Preordered physical copies of The God Rhythm are shipping to fans early, first thing next week; place orders for the CD, LP and merch bundles via Fast Break! Records RIGHT HERE.

Having just stormed the mighty Black N’ Blue Bowl in NYC, WISDOM IN CHAINS has confirmed the details of their home turf record release show for the new album, with an outdoor BBQ event planned at Club Reverb in Reading, Pennsylvania on June 27th, with support from Strength For A Reason, Yesterday’s Youth and more.  The band will also return to This Is Hardcore Festival on July 23rd, the multi-day fest to once again overthrow Philadelphia with WISDOM IN CHAINS set to join the likes of the Misfits, The Exploited, the Cro-Mags, Negative Approach, Chokehold, Nails, All Out War, Bane, Biohazard and many others. August will see the band returning to Europe, confirmed to perform at Brutal Assault in the Czech Republic in early August with At The Gates, Cannibal Corpse, Killing Joke, Napalm Death, Nuclear Assault, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Triptykon and endless others, with a set of tour dates surrounding the festival to be announced in the coming days.

6/27/2015 Club Reverb – Reading, PA *record release show [info]
7/23/2015 The Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA @ This Is Hardcore [info]
8/05-08/2015 Fortress Josefov, CZ @ Brutal Assault [info]

DIABOLICUM: New Hymn From Industrial Black Metal Misery Makers Playing At No Clean Singing; Band To Unleash First Full-Length In Fourteen Years Via Code666

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Ia Pazuzu (The Abyss Of The Shadows) is the impending new long player from Swedish industrial black metal misery makers, DIABOLICUM. Now boasting the ill-omened vocal tidings of Shining’s Niklas Kvarforth, the record breaks the band’s fourteen-year slumber and boasts nine harrowing psalms of disease and torment. The record will see release on July 7th, 2015 via Italy’s Code666. In celebration of its official ignition, today No Clean Singing delivers the first taste of plague with fifth cranium-crusher, “Salvation Through Vengeance.”

DIABOLICUM are known for their skill in integrating the savagery of Swedish black metal and the driving pulse of industrial music,” issues the esteemed music portal, “and ‘Salvation Through Vengeance’ displays that union in striking fashion, significantly augmented by Kvarforth’s crazed howls and roars (which hold nothing back) and Likstrand’s boiling guitar solo. The song erupts like a black metal cyclone dropping without warning from storm clouds overhead. A vocal sample then provides a bridge to a more industrialized, keyboard-driven segment, which is then overtaken by that wild, transfixing guitar solo as the song ramps up again into a whirlwind of knives and blood. It’s a terrorizing adrenaline trigger that leaves us salivating for the rest of the album.”

Sample the tones of terror at THIS LOCATION.

Initially spawned in 1994 by Sasrof and Thorne under the Imperial moniker, DIABOLICUM stands among the prime instigators of the industrial black metal scene. The collective’s first demo appeared under the title Mori Voluntaria. The tape was recorded in just two days at a mental hospital and included the session vocals of Blackblood (Tommy Dahlström now of Aeon). Following various personnel shifts, Imperial unleashed The Imperial Darkness demo with vocals and lead guitar handled by Thyrfing (Stefan Dhalberg) with third demo, De FÆrdÆmdas Legion, unveiled by Arte De Occulta shortly thereafter. By 1997, members of Imperial formed black metal collective, Helvete, together with Mysteriis and Kraath of Setherial. The project was put on hold when guitarist Sasrof took over bass responsibilities for Setherial.

Two years later, Imperial changed their name to DIABOLICUM. Nathzion (AKA Zeb Nilsson now of Aeon) joined the ranks as lead guitarist and DIABOLICUM’s debut, the annihilating The Grandeur Of Hell, dropped in 1999 via Napalm Records. In the summer of 2000, DIABOLICUM fled Napalm to explore new opportunities and forged a union with Italian imprint, Code666. Wielding a flawless meld of Swedish black metal and industrial ambient noise, 2001’s resulting The Dark Blood Rising full-length is now considered a cult classic among the industrial black metal scene. In the years to follow, the band published a collection of early demos (The Killing Spree 1.5) and two split 7″ EP – one with Watain; the other with Angst – before penning their third diabolic opus with new vocalist Niklas Kvarforth (Shining) and lead guitarist Likstrand. After several setbacks and delays, the band is finally ready to undrape Ia Pazuzu (The Abyss Of The Shadows). Spewing forth nine merciless tracks of sonic scorn, and featuring guest appearances by Malfeitor Fabban (Aborym) and Vargher (Naglfar, Bewitched, Ancient Wisdom), with cryptic artwork by Maxime Taccardi, Ia Pazuzu (The Abyss Of The Shadows) is anguished, devouring and destined to become a new milestone within the industrial black metal community.

Ia Pazuzu (The Abyss Of The Shadows) will be available in special digipack CD format as well as a limited edition, double gatefold LP and deluxe limited leather box on July 7th, 2015 via Code666. Preorders are currently available at THIS LOCATION.

HOPE DRONE: Australian Atmospheric Blackened Sludge Metal Collective To Release Relapse Debut This July; Teaser Track Posted

Thursday, May 28th, 2015
“Mourn the last light, its fleeting passage; Mourn the breaking day; For every breath is written; And every end is fated in its beginnings…” — “Every End Is Fated In Its Beginning”

Australian atmospheric blackened sludge metal collective, HOPE DRONE, emerges from the depths with their Relapse Records debut, Cloak Of Ash, set for release this July. A rich, captivating, seven-song stroke of sonic brilliance, Cloak Of Ash was captured by Christopher Brownbill (Idylls, Throes, Coffin Birth) at Wavelength Studios and Underground Audio in Brisbane, Australia, mixed by Brownbill and HOPE DRONE at Wavelength Studios, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Yob, High On Fire, Integrity) at Audiosiege in Portland,Oregon. Uniting chest-cavingly poignant atmospheres with the uncompromising heaviness of a thousand tidal waves, Cloak Of Ash is dynamic and textured; nihilistic, doomed and earth shattering cloaked in the hopeless dissonance of a world gone rotten. Fans of Altar Of Plagues, Vattnet Viskar, Wolves In The Throne Room, Woods Of Desolation and Cult Of Luna pay heed.

Sample the suffocating sounds of fifth movement, “Every End Is Fated In Its Beginning” at YouTube HERE or via SoundCloud HERE.

Cloak Of Ash Track Listing:
1. Unending Grey
2. Riverbeds Hewn In Marrow
3. The World Inherited
4. The Chords That Thrum Beneath The Earth
5. Every End Is Fated In Its Beginning
6. The Waves Forever Shatter Upon Our Shores
7. Carried Apart By The Ceaseless Tides

HOPE DRONE was forged in 2011 and have since released one demo, From Mimas To Phoebe, in 2012, and their self-titled, Sanford Parker-mixed LP in 2013 which was called, “fresh, invigorating and captivating,” by Cvlt Nation, “a bleak style of black metal strongly indebted to the Cascadian variety and played with surprising maturity and aplomb,” and “a band to watch,” by Teeth Of The Divine, and, “possibly the most devastatingly nihilistic recording I’ve ever heard, both instrumentally andlyrically,” by AngryMetalGuy.

Cloak Of Ash will be available on CD, double LP and digitally via Relapse Records on July 24th, 2015. Physical preorders are currently available at THIS LOCATION. For digital preorders, go HERE.

Karl Hartwig – guitars, noise
Christopher Rowden – guitars, vocals, noise, organ
Aaron Pickersgill – bass, additional vocals
Francis Keil – drums, additional percussion

ÅRABROT: Maiden Single From Impending You Bunch Of Idiots EP By Norwegian Experimentalists Premiered Through Noisey

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
[photo by Andre Loyning]

Norwegian Grammy Award-winning experimental rock cult, ÅRABROT, has just released the maiden single from their latest EP, You Bunch Of Idiots, through Vice Magazine’s Noisey music blog, just weeks ahead of the record’s release, and the band’s touring return to North American shores.

You Bunch Of Idiots is the third in a trio of themed EPs from ÅRABROT, the first two of which — Murder As Art and I Modi — having already seen release via Fysisk Format, who now partners with the Eolian Empire for the band’s first official US title. A ferocious blast of twisted noise rock and poetic rants, You Bunch Of Idiots drops six tracks of hook-laden noise rock with sludge, industrial, and rock ‘n’ roll flourishes, through it all spit-flecked spout-offs, hissing fits, and bellowing which draws you in and keeps you there. The EP was recorded and mixed by Milton von Krogh at Djura Missionshus, Djura, Sweden, and Taakeheimen Lydrike, Oslo, Norway, with vocal overdubs recorded by Karin Park at Djura Missionshus, Djura, Sweden, after which the platter was mastered by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering. The excellent cover art was provided by Norwegian artist Johannes Høie, who has handled the prior two EPs in the series as well as other ÅRABROT merch.

Landing at the number four spot on You Bunch Of Idiots, “Mea Culpa” shows the disturbing underbelly of what ÅRABROT is so proficient in creating, seamlessly genre-bending extreme forms of music into an unclassifiable and mesmerizingly warped and unique sound. Noisey issues alongside the exclusive premiere of the track, “…here it seems that one man’s bewilderment is another man’s finger hovering over the detonator of a doomsday device while he entertains the idea of ending the world. That casual (and sometimes playful) disregard for humanity and all its conventions that persists throughout the EP comes to a head on its first single, ‘Mea Culpa,’ which Nernes penned while drinking alone in an old London pub on a dismal afternoon shortly before learning the full extent of his health condition…”.

Transmit ÅRABROT’s “Mea Culpa” at maximum volume courtesy of Noisey RIGHT HERE.

You Bunch Of Idiots is set for release via Eolian Empire and Fysisk Format as a 12” vinyl EP including download card and all digital outlets on June 23rd. Preorders for the vinyl edition of the record are now available in North America via Eolian Empire HERE and via Fysisk Format HERE.

On the week of the EP’s stateside release, ÅRABROT will invade North America for three weeks, touring in support of You Bunch Of Idiots. The band was slated to tour the West Coast US last year, and unfortunately had to cancel the trek due to main man Kjetil Nernes’ bout with cancer. Having beaten the hideous disease, the band will now hit the US and Canada with direct support from UK sludge power duo, Ghold, with appearances from the likes of Dispirit and Lycus on several shows, and Pinkish Black on the final five dates.

ÅRABROT North American Summer Tour w/ Ghold:
6/24/2015 O’Brien’s Pub – Boston, MA
6/26/2015 The Depot – York, PA
6/27/2015 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH
6/29/2015 The Burlington – Chicago, IL
6/30/2015 Fubar – St Louis, MO
7/01/2015 Jackpot Saloon – Lawrence, KS
7/02/2015 Hi Dive – Denver, CO
7/03/2015 Kilby Court – Salt Lake, City, UT
7/05/2015 The Highline – Seattle, WA
7/06/2015 The Hindenburg – Vancouver, BC
7/07/2015 Rotture – Portland, OR
7/08/2015 Starlite Lounge – Sacramento, CA w/ Dispirit, Lycus
7/09/2015 SF Eagle – San Francisco, CA
7/10/2015 605 E 4th Street – Los Angeles, CA
7/11/2015 Exploding Heart Gallery – Tucson, AZ
7/12/2015 Lowbrow Palace – El Paso, TX
7/14/2015 Holy Mountain – Austin, TX w/ Pinkish Black
7/15/2015 Siberia – New Orleans, LA w/ Pinkish Black
7/16/2015 The 529 – Atlanta, GA w/ Pinkish Black
7/17/2015 Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC w/ Pinkish Black
7/18/2015 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA w/ Pinkish Black
7/19/2015 The Studio, Webster Hall – New York, NY w/ Pinkish Black

Led by songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Kjetil Nernes (songwriter, guitar, vocals), for fourteen years ÅRABROT has fearlessly trudged through the European underground, carving out a sonic territory of sludge, punk, metal, and art rock, all collapsed into something uniquely their own.  Wearing perennial outsider status like a badge of honor, ÅRABROT laughs in the faces of the naysayers and proudly towers above them. While drawing from the likes of Dadaism, The Marquis De Sade, and transgressive art might be a recipe for pretentious tripe in the wrong hands, the outfit wraps it up with winks and grins, and — most importantly — rocks the hell out. One of Europe’s premiere touring acts, their devastating power live cannot be underestimated, channeling stadium-level theatrics and volume for the underground club set.

VEHEMENCE: Phoenix Death Metal Outfit Returns After A Decade Of Silence; New LP To See Fall Release Via Battleground Records

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Following an entire decade without a new album, Phoenix-based melodic death metal kingpins, VEHEMENCE, return to full-time duty in 2015, having reactivated the band and completed their fourth full-length studio full-length, Forward Without Motion, which is now set for release this Autumn via Battleground Records.

Their first new album since 2004’s Metal Blade Records-released Helping The World To See, VEHEMENCE returns to the death metal fold with a stunning new album that will surely see the band regaining their traction within the scene after their time off the grid. Forward Without Motion is the culmination of years of hard work and the collective desire to write the best songs and capture the best performances. Guitarist and founding member Bjorn Dannov perhaps says it most succinctly when describing the record, “I really believe this is our strongest album to date. With our previous albums, we were so inexperienced in the studio so I was never really happy with the final product, production-wise. This album I feel represents the songs well. We wanted to capture a tight performance, but not overly produced and sound replaced like a lot of modern metal albums. We still wanted to maintain an organic element to the sound, which I believe we achieved.” Working on the songs off and on for several years between 2007 and 2011, VEHEMENCE began a methodical, painstaking tracking process for Forward Without Motion between 2012 and 2014, the album’s guitars, bass, and vocals being recorded at the home studios of Dannov and guitarist Kyle Moeller, with the drums being recorded at Villain Studios in Phoenix. “Kyle did all the mixing, reamping, and mastering,” Says Dannov. “It was really great to have those tools at our disposal, without having to worry about a budget or studio expenses.”

When listening to Forward Without Motion, one will discover the refreshing sounds of a band creatively reborn and seasoned by experience. The album flows with a relentless, throat grabbing energy that never flags and begs for repeated spins. This cohesive power is nowhere more apparent than in the strength of the instrumental and vocal performances, which slash and hammer their way out of the speakers with a passion rarely found in the cold, mostly lifeless corpses that are most modern death metal recordings. When asked about the lyrical themes behind the songs and album title of the album, VEHEMENCE vocalist Nathan Gearhart remarks, “The lyrics of Forward Without Motion each tell a unique story dealing with pain, loss, sadness, and horror. Written over the course of twelve years, each piece stands alone in subject. The consistent theme of the lyrics as a whole denote humanity’s dark side, and summarize our lives and impact on our world during our limited time. Nothing changes. Nothing gets better or worse. It’s all the same. It’s time without a number. We are all going to die leaving this world just as fucked as those before us, and future generations will continue this cycle.” Gearhart also has much to say about the core ethos of the band when reflecting upon both the present and the years past, “Bjorn and I have been jamming together since 1996. Mark and Andy joined in ’97-‘98. VEHEMENCE is a band of brothers with no bigger intent other than getting together and creating together. Kyle is a great compliment to the core of the band, and his involvement along with the material and performance contributed by Jake Green are what helps to take us into our current chapter. Forward Without Motion is our life’s work. I am so proud of what we have created, and I hope others enjoy our art as much as I do.”

VEHEMENCE will release Forward Without Motion through Battleground Records on October 27th in various formats, including a 2xLP set on 180-gram black vinyl in gatefold packaging, a CD version, and across various digital platforms.

In conjunction with the release of Forward Without Motion, VEHEMENCE will be performing several shows in support of the album shortly before the street date. Additional information on the album, audio samples, an official video and more will be released throughout the Summer and early Autumn months.

XIBALBA: Video For “Guerrilla” Anthem Premiered Through Lambgoat; Band Confirms New Festival Appearances + Tour Dates

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
[photo by Anne Spina]

XIBALBA has issued an official video for the revolutionary anthem “Guerrilla,” one of the most vital tracks from their third LP, Tierra Y Libertad, which saw release in January via Southern Lord Recordings.

In complete DIY fashion, XIBALBA basically took the concept of their classic “Cold” video to the next level, this time the overthrowing an entire neighborhood in their hometown of Pomona, California. Directed, shot and edited by Shawn Skadburg and Matt Welch for Nine/One films, with footage by Danny Mayo and Mike Sogoff, the video for “Guerrilla” features a brutalizing live uprising filmed at a live outdoor show in a Pomona neighborhood, utilizing the voices of their friends and family to carry the message of the track to the masses.

Through a premiere at Lambgoat this week, XIBALBA’s “Guerrilla” is now playing RIGHT HERE.

Also view XIBALBA’s previously released video for “Enemigo” at Revolver HERE.

With new tour dates and festival appearances confirmed, XIBALBA will continue to deliver their piledriving death metal-infused hardcore to hordes across multiple continents in support of Tierra Y Libertad through the Summer months. The band will play in Santa Ana later this month alongside the likes of Ignite, Excel, Strife, Union 13 and more. One month later they return to the mighty This Is Hardcore in Philadelphia, performing on July 25th with the Misfits, Cro-Mags, Bane, Killing Time, Biohazard and tons more. September will see XIBALBA hitting Ghostfest in Leeds and Bristol, UK on 5th and 6th of the month alongside Hatebreed, Emmure, Despised Icon, Born Of Osiris, Turnstile and more, followed immediately by a Southeast Asia tour with confirmed details on that trek to be released in the coming days, and upon their return, a show in Los Angeles with No Warning, Lights Out, Incendiary and others on September 26th. October 9th through 11th will see the band on the California Deathfest at the Oakland Metro with Infest, Autopsy, Immolation, Dead Infection, Noothgrush, Impaled and many more, followed by their invasion of Southwest Terror Fest in Tucson, Arizona the weekend of October 15th – 18th with the likes of Sleep, Dropdead, The Body, Thou and dozens of other acts to be announced.

XIBALBA Tour Dates:
6/26/2015 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA w/ Ignite, Excel, Strife, Union 13
7/25/2015 The Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA @ This Is Hardcore w/ Misfits, Cro-Mags, Bane, Killing Time, Biohazard
9/05-06/2015 Ghostfest – Leeds/Bristol, UK w/ Hatebreed, Emmure, Despised Icon, Born Of Osiris, Turnstile
09/11-16/2015 Southeast Asia Tour TBA
9/26/2015 Jewel’s Catch One – Los Angeles, CA w/ No Warning, Lights Out, Incendiary, Alpha + Omega, King Nine
10/09/-11/2015 Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA @ California Deathfest w/ Infest, Autopsy, Immolation, Dead Infection, Impaled, Noothgrush
10/15-18/2015 Rialto Theatre Tucson, AZ @ Southwest Terror Fest w/ Sleep, Dropdead, The Body, Thou, more

With some of their most savage tones and decimating breakdowns to date, XIBALBA continues to overthrow new audiences on their third LP, Tierra Y Libertad, Recorded by Taylor Young (Nails, Twitching Tongues, Disgrace) at The Pit in Van Nuys, California, the LP’s forty-four minute onslaught delivers more haunting, atmospheric tones and traumatic death-infused metallic hardcore, the band having once again commissioned Dan Seagrave (Dismember, Entombed, Suffocation) for the album’s cover artwork. Tierra Y Libertad is available on CD and grey vinyl LP direct through XIBALBA’s Southern Lord store HERE, and digitally through BandCamp HERE, as well as through All In Merch including a t-shirt package HERE.

NEUROSIS To Embark On Their Most Extensive Stateside Tour In Over Fifteen Years This Summer

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

As their thirtieth anniversary nears, NEUROSIS will be hitting the road in their most extensive touring of the North American continent in over fifteen years this Summer, the announcement falling as the dust still settles on Baltimore following their crushing performance at this year’s Maryland Deathfest.

Not since prior to the turn of the millennium has the mighty NEUROSIS embarked on a tour of this size, as this week the band confirms more than a dozen new tour dates between the end of July and the middle of August throughout the Midwestern, East Coast, and Southern US states and the lower Eastern portion of Canada. Besides the extensive nature of the tour, they will also be playing in cities and states which they have not visited since the ‘90s.

For this widespread endeavor, NEUROSIS will bring an array of excellent acts to the stage with them, including support from labelmates Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, featuring Tad Doyle, for the entire trek, as well as eight shows with nomadic doomsday cult, The Body, five dates with expansive rock duo, Sumac (members of Baptists, Old Man Gloom, ex-Isis, etc.), and one show each with Pinkish Black and labelmates Iron Tongue. This all comes in addition to NEUROSIS’ previously announced inclusion in the massive, three-day Heavy Montréal Festival consuming August 7th-9th, where the band will perform the opening night with the likes of Mastodon, Meshuggah, Gorguts, Arch Enemy and many others.

Tickets for the impending NEUROSIS tour will go on sale for all shows this Friday, May 29th.

NEUROSIS Tour Dates:
7/31/2015 Liberty Hall – Lawrence, KS w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/01/2015 Mill City – Minneapolis, MN w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/02/2015 The Majestic – Madison, WI w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/03/2015 Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/04/2015 Expo Five – Louisville, KY w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/05/2015 St. Andrews – Detroit, MI w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/06/2015 Opera House – Toronto, ON w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, The Body
8/07/2015 Heavy Montréal – Montréal, QC w/ Mastodon, Meshuggah, Gorguts, Arch Enemy [info]
8/08/2015 Paradise – Boston, MA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac, The Body
8/09/2015 Warsaw – Brooklyn, NY w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac
8/11/2015 Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac
8/12/2015 Broadberry – Richmond, VA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac
8/14/2015 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Sumac
8/15/2015 House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Iron Tongue
8/16/2015 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX w/ Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Pinkish Black

As their ongoing legacy nears its thirty-year mark, NEUROSIS has become an institution of heavy music. From their beginnings as a hardcore punk band in the mid-‘80s to their gradual evolution into a transcendent and genre-defying collective, the Oakland, California natives have broken ground at every turn, pioneering a sound that influenced heavyweights including Isis, Mastodon and High On Fire and inspiring endless legions of fans with their expansive, mind-altering works. In 2012, NEUROSIS released one of their most ambitious albums to date, with Honor Found In Decay, cultivated through their own Neurot Recordings. Recorded by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio and mastered by John Golden of Golden Mastering, the album showcased the band taking their esoteric but leveling and categorization-free style of extreme music to even diverse areas of exploration. Following the record release show, the outfit disbanded with the longtime visuals that had accompanied their live set nearly since inception, empowering their anthems in a drastically more human approach. Since the album’s release, NEUROSIS has been more active tour-wise than they have since before the turn of the millennium, and seemingly shows no time of ending the campaign any time soon.

POISON IDEA Declares Indefinite Hiatus; Cancels Upcoming Tour Dates

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
[photo by Jason Charles]

Upon returning from their successful European Tour which consumed the past several weeks, POISON IDEA has returned home and announced that the band is going on hiatus for an undetermined amount of time. The band has issued that they need to address some health issues and personal matters, and all upcoming shows for the undeterminable future have been cancelled or postponed. Additional details on the band’s future plans will be announced at a later date.

Portland, Oregon’s undisputed kings of punk, POISON IDEA released their critically acclaimed Confuse & Conquer LP through Southern Lord Recordings in April of this year. Setting everything in its path ablaze with the energetic pummeling assault the band has assaulted the planet with for three-and-a-half decades, and by incorporating the use of epic piano segues, the album is an instant classic for all POISON IDEA fans as well as one of the most undeniably important releases in the punk/hardcore realms this year. The band’s first new album since 2006’s Latest Will And Testament, and first since the passing of their great friend and guitarist, the iconic Tom “Pig Champion” Roberts, Confuse & Conquer boasts thirty-five minutes of thundering, infectious rage recorded in the band’s hometown by Joel Grind (Toxic Holocaust) and mastered by Brad Boatright (From Ashes Rise) at Audiosiege, and proves that absolutely nothing can stop this legendary act and all attempts are a futile waste of time.

Confuse & Conquer LP is available on colored 12” vinyl and CD including shirt and vinyl bundles HERE, and the album is streaming in full and available for digital purchase HERE.

Formed in 1980, POISON IDEA became a household name in the hardcore/punk scenes early in their career, and are known as one of the most notoriously in-your-face acts in the American musical underworld, with an enraged, high-energy live set even more rambunctious than the massive roster of singles, EPs, full-length studio and live releases and more, across a realm of labels including Pusmort, Alchemy, American Leather, Bitzcore, Tim/Kerr, Taang!, Farewell, TKO, Southern Lord, Candlelight, and their own Fatal Erection. They’ve been an incredibly influential act to major performers including Nirvana, Pantera, Napalm Death, Machine Head, Eyehategod, Emperor, Turbonegro and an endless list of others. Soaking up respect from generations of hardcore punks and dishing none out, the dastardly denizens of mid-paced punk shred are in trademark form on Confuse & Conquer. POISON IDEA’s new masterpiece proves itself both identifiable and rewarding to listeners who have encountered them at any point from their 1980 birth onwards. Their forceful hardcore pummel is underwritten with dark humor, rage, disdain, and moments of real melancholy well beyond the usual remit of the genre, but it’s to be expected of Portland’s nihilistic champions, proudly unaligned with any other sound out there.

APEX FEST VI: Apocalyptic Music Festival Event And Tour Rapidly Approaching; Fest Compilation Now Streaming At Heathen Harvest + New Merch Preorders Announced

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

The three-day NYC-based apocalyptic music event, APEX FEST VI, rapidly approaches — set to overthrow the city the first weekend of June, with East Coast mini-tours leading up to and following the event — bringing an incredibly diverse but ultimately harrowing roster of extreme experimental acts together.

A foretaste of this gathering has been made available to the public, as the exclusive fest compilation CD is now playing, featuring thirteen disturbing of musical manipulation with nearly an hour and twenty minutes of material. APEX CODEX: The Apex Fest VI Compilation is now streaming in its entirety via Heathen Harvest, one of the sponsors of the event, delivering mostly exclusive material and alternate versions of many of the artists performing, including tracks from GNAW THEIR TONGUES, SUTEKH HEXEN, SVARTSINN, IRM, MENACE RUINE, BARREN HARVEST and more.

Endure APEX CODEX: The Apex Fest VI Compilation at Heathen Harvest now at THIS LOCATION.

APEX CODEX: The Apex Fest VI Compilation Track Listing:
1. BARREN HARVEST – Your World Ablaze
2. SUTEKH HEXEN – Opalescence
3. GNAW THEIR TONGUES – Singing Ancient Necropsalms
4. NORTHAUNT – Until Dawn Do Us Part
5. SVARTSINN – Vemod (Cello Version)
6. IRM – Closure VII (Live)
7. HAVAN – Vasatya
8. KARJALAN SISSIT – Vittumainen Yksinäisyys
9. TREPANERINGSRITUALEN – Plague Of Persecution (Edit)
10. MENACE RUINE – Torture Of Fire
12. BURIAL HEX – Dedicated To Canon Jayr
13. SOPHIA – The Unclean

Fest preorder bundles are available, including limited edition shirts for GNAW THEIR TONGUES and THE BODY, as well as a physical copy of APEX CODEX: The Apex Fest VI Compilation CD. These sales go directly toward funding the event, meaning attendees are active participants in the production of the festival.

Additionally, Handmade Birds is offering bundles including CD copies of their titles to the next 100 people who purchase advance tickets to the NYC main event, happening at Trans-Pecos June 5th-7th in Ridgewood, Queens, New York. The packages include one copy each of: Subtle Cruelties by BARREN HARVEST, The Hierophant by BURIAL HEX, Tenebroso by WILLIAM FOWLER COLLINS, Troller by TROLLER, Tar by WEEPING RAT.

Furthermore, Small Doses​ is kindly offering CD copies of Monuments Of Decay by SUTEKH HEXEN to the next 50 people who buy advance tickets. The stakes are getting higher, the hour is drawing nearer.

View all APEX VI ticket options and merch bundles AT THIS LOCATION.

The main three-day APEX FEST VI — the sixth biennial installation of the apocalyptic music event — will bring three full days of audio tumult to NYC June 5th, 6th and 7th. Gathering a wide spectrum of international music artists, experimenters and collaborators from across the realms of noise, drone, industrial, power electronics and more, the entire APEX FEST series is presented by Annihilvs Power Electronix in association with Abstract, Black Horizons, Crucial Blast, Cyclic Law, Earsplit PR, Handmade Birds, Heathen Harvest, Heaven Street, Malignant Records and M.A.P.S. The APEX FEST VI gala will take over Trans Pecos in Ridgewood, Queens, including sets from Portland doom cult, THE BODY (with guest collaborators to be announced), the second-ever stateside performance from Dutch maniac GNAW THEIR TONGUES, the first US appearance from Sweden’s IRM in ten years, MENACE RUINE, TREPANERINGSRITUALEN, BURIAL HEX, SUTEKH HEXEN, SVARTSINN, JARL, OMEI, ARTICLE COLLECTION, ARBITERBARREN HARVESTSOPHIAKARJALAN SISSIT, NORTHAUNT, HAVAN, FUNERARY CALL and more, in addition to short films and visual works presentations, exclusive merch/vendor wares and much more.

Leading up to the main event in NYC, APEX FEST TOUR I will invade Pawtucket May 31st, Philadelphia June 2nd, and Baltimore June 3rd. This initial wave of devastation features co-headlining acts, Swedish death-industrial project TREPANERINGSRITUALEN and Dutch alienists ADERLATING (a side project of New York festival headliner, GNAW THEIR TONGUES). Philadelphia and Baltimore will see ADERLATING performing a split set with SLAVERNIJ, a collaborative project with Annihilvs label partner Daniel Suffering, whose project WHORID has a new full length album coming on Annihilvs. Also on the tour will be IRM, another Swedish industrial act which performed at the very first APEX FEST in June 2005, marking the project’s second visit to the states in a decade, and their first as a three-piece band. Rounding up the lineup are Bay Area occult abyss architects SUTEKH HEXEN. The Baltimore show also boasts a special headlining performance by infamous occult doom duo, THE BODY.

APEX FEST TOUR II will be deployed following the main NYC event, and is curated in partnership with Canadian label Cyclic Law, a contributor to the New York festival. Shows are confirmed for Philadelphia on June 8th, Providence on June 10th, and Montreal on June 12th. This second run consists of the vanguard of Scandinavian dark-ambient artists, with a combined performance by Swedish acts SOPHIA and KARJALAN SISSIT, each of whom are already tremendous acts individually. Norwegian projects SVARTSINN and NORTHAUNT, and Cyclic Law label founder Frederic Arbour’s dark-ambient project VISIONS, alumni of 2007’s APEX FEST II, round out the lineup.

APEX VI – An Apocalyptic Music Event

5/31/2015 Machines With Magnets – Pawtucket, RI [info]
6/02/2015 Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art – Philadelphia, PA [info]
6/03/2015 The Crown – Baltimore, MD w/ THE BODY [info]


I – 6/05/2015 Trans Pecos – Queens, NY

II – 6/06/2015 Trans Pecos – Queens, NY

III – 6/07/2015 Trans Pecos – Queens, NY

6/08/2015 3rd & Girard – Philadelphia, PA [info]
6/10/2015 Dusk – Providence, RI [info]
6/12/2015 La Vitrola – Montreal, QC [info]

SOS: NYC-Based Heavy Groove Maniacs Celebrate Twenty Year Anniversary in 2015; New City-Wide Live Assault Confirmed

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

New York City’s heavy-hitting groove quartet SOS is celebrating twenty raging years together as a band in 2015, and is currently booking shows across the city throughout June in celebration of crushing right through their two decade mark.

Following the release of their fifth full-length, Strength And Conditioning, SOS performed on the street at the massive NYC Marathon for the fifteenth consecutive year, amidst a widespread rash of other performances. Continuing the live mayhem, the band will play on their home turf on Friday, June 5th with Warrior Soul and a host of other support acts, followed by a free, all-ages, outdoor, matinee show at Tompkins Square Park on June 13th with an assortment of friend acts. And June 21st will see SOS hammering Astoria Skate Park in Queens with another, free, all-ages, outdoor, matinee show. Stand by for additional live shows to be confirmed through the Summer months. Issues the band, “The weather’s getting nicer and SOS is stoked to celebrate twenty years of heavy grooves! What better way than with a bunch of kick ass shows with our musical brethren? See ya in June!”

SOS Live Actions:
6/05/2015 Blackthorn 51 – Elmhurst, NY w/ Warrior Soul, Metalfier, Tempest City, Black Dawn, Pyramis, Sweet Magma [info]
6/13/2015 Tompkins Square Park – New York, NY w/ Srotakin IV, Snake Canyon, Purple Pam & The Flesh Eaters, High North, Valence, Fall of The Albatross [info]
6/21/2015 Astoria Skate Park – Queens, NY w/ Jump For The Sails, Lardhand, Off The Turnpike, Paloma Blanco, Phosfate, Sweet Magma, WDFA [info]

SOS frontman Mike SOS recently completed an In The Beginning feature for No Echo on The Scorpions’ Love At First Sting LP right HERE.

Producing a fusion of heavy sounds, SOS is a maniacal musical beast which flails madly yet seamlessly in all directions at once. Their fifth full-length album, Strength And Conditioning is a nearly forty-eight minute excursion into barrier-free musical chaos with heavy melodic grooves, recorded and mixed by Travis Harrison at Serious Business Studios, mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music. Lineup changes and a restructuring of the band followed by heavy-duty local performances for the past year formed a six-year gap between albums, but the band’s heavy dedication has paid off, as Strength And Conditioning boasts SOS’ most action-packed mayhem yet. Strength And Conditioning is streaming and available for purchase by the band’s DIY label 316 Productions RIGHT HERE.